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Countdown to the Throwdown

From Staff Reports (reporter@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Sep. 5, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 5, 2013
Countdown to the Throwdown

Cyclocross races feature barriers and steep hills that require the racers to dismount their bikes, jump over obstacles and run up steep hills with their bikes.

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How do you get to the Boonetown Throwdown?

Practice, practice, practice.

As the lead-up to the Nov. 3 event, the Countdown to the Throwdown cyclocross training series is USA Cycling sanctioned, starts Wednesday, Sept. 11, and runs six consecutive Wednesdays through Oct. 16.

Both the training series and the main event will take place at the High Country Fairgrounds, located at 748 Roby Greene Road in Boone.

According to organizers, the course will be well lit, with a combination of existing lights and supplemental lighting.

There will be two races each Wednesday evening — a 30-minute race for Category 4 and 5 racers (beginners) and a 45-minute race for Category 1, 2 and 3 racers (advanced). The first race starts at 6:15 p.m., and the second starts at 7 p.m.

Men and women will be scored separately. The beginner race features Mellow Mushroom gift certificates for the top six finishers, while the advanced race will feature a cash payout for the top 10 finishers.

Registration opens at 5 p.m. and closes 30 minutes before each race. The race entry fee is $12, although a USA Cycling license is required for insurance purposes, with one-day licenses available for $10. Event organizers will cover the cost of a one-day license for first-time cyclocross racers.
Organizers suggest participants use true cyclocross bikes, although mountain bikes will also work well.

What is cyclocross?

According to Boone Bike, it’s “an exciting genre of bicycle racing that is sometimes called the steeplechase of bike racing,” featuring barriers and steep hills that require the racers to dismount their bikes, jump over obstacles and run up steep hills with their bikes.

The races are run over a variety of terrain — grass, dirt and gravel. The variety, along with the duration of the races, makes it a spectator-friendly type of event.

For more information, call Boone Bike at (828) 262-5750 or email (shaw@boonebike.com)

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